Predators and Prey Safari in Botswana. October 2019
This safari will be at one of my favorite camps in Africa. This is the camp where I have gotten my best predator vs Prey images. Although we can never guarantee you will see and photograph a kill, this location is one of the best places I have found to get the opportunity. We will be doing a lot of watching and waiting as we spend time with Lions, Leopards, and Cheetahs. This safari is also a great safari for spouses and non photographers. We will have several safari vechicles that will also be concentrating on other African species such as Elephants, Antelope, Baboons, Zebras, Giraffes and Hyenas. We will also have opportunities to photograph from the ground blinds.
Mashatu Game Reserve African Safari October 15-30 2019
09 nights 10 Days
Depart USA October 15th 2019
Arrive Johannesburg October 16th 2018
Emperors Palace October 16th 2019 additional cost
Shopping and Lesedi Cultural Center October 17th 2019
Safari Camp October 18-29 2019
Emperors Palace October 30th 2019 additional cost or late flight home. After 730PM.
Airport Johannesburg October 30th and 31st 2019
Note on Dates. We will have you back to the Airport by 630PM on the 30th. However you should stay overnight in Johannesburg on the 30th and have a fresh start for your flight home. Schudealing your flight on the 31st..
Always Double Check with us before booking hotels and flights. We love to reconfirm dates with you. Thanks
MASHATU GAME RESERVE, “LAND OF THE GIANTS”
Mashatu Game Reserve is located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana which is situated between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe and the Mapungubwe National Park, a World Heritage Site in South Africa. Mashatu comprises 40% of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve and it shares unfenced borders with both the South African and Zimbabwean national parks in the south and north respectively. This vast area forms part of a cross boundary wildlife conservation area protecting the substantial biodiversity of fauna and flora in this region.
Mashatu is the epitome of all that defines wilderness areas in Africa. Visitors are charmed by the vast open spaces; the biodiversity of wildlife from the gigantic to the miniscule; the majestic skies unfettered by smog; the tranquility interspersed with birdsong and sounds of the wild. Part of this charm is the unexpected adventure safari over and above the game drives. Photographic hides add an aspect to the adventure safari which is unique and thrilling to their patrons be they professional photographers or lovers of wildlife. These added adventures are all tailored to bring visitors into intimate contact with this remarkable wilderness.
The Mashatu Game Reserve camps are an expression of the warm hospitality of Africa’s people. Relaxation is key.
Early morning and evening game drives every day bring visitors into close contact with the fascinating wildlife which inhabits Mashatu, promising a different nature experience with each drive.
Mashatu Game Reserve is a place to connect you to the soul of what life on earth is meant to be.
Your Safari Hosts. Kevin and Tricia Dooley
Kevin and Tricia Dooley have been leading safaris for many years. Tricia Dooley was born in South Africa, speaks several languages, and is an expert on the local knowledge and flavor. Kevin Dooley is a professional wildlife Photographer as well as a wedding and portrait photographer. Kevin is also a tested and certified wildlife guide through the filed guides association of Southern Africa.
African Safari and Photography Workshop.
All levels of photographers are welcome, as well as non photographers.
This is a limited number Safari. We will only have space for 12 people including spouses. Call right away as it will fill up fast. 505-401-2988
Your African Safari
This is a full African Safari that takes place in one of the most beautiful safari areas in Africa. We will be using safari vehicles for our Safari activities . This is a unique and amazing opportunity to experience Africa in a way that very few people get to do. We will also be available to help and teach wildlife photography techniques. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from
Wildlife photographer and instructor Kevin Dooley
and go on a full African Safari.
Africa; Botswana; Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Your First Night in South Africa.
You will most likely be arriving at approximitly 5:30 PM. Delta Airlines has a non stop flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg. We will pick you up at the Airport in Johannesburg, Please make sure to forward us your flight information. We prefer to work closley with each safari member to make sure that all the flight bookings are correct, Please check with us when making your flight reservations. On your arrival evening in Johannesburg you will need to secure a hotel room. We recommend the Emperors Palace Peermont Mondior which is only approximately 5 min from the Johannesburg airport. Our Tours normally depart from this location at approximately 8:30 AM on the Beginning day of your Safari. Please note Hotel reservations before and after your safari commences are at your expense.
Please Double Check with us before making your hotel reservations. We like to reconfirm that you have the correct dates.
Shopping Experience at Cambanos & Son
Idube Photo Safaris has searched for the ultimate South African Shopping Experience . Clothing, Jewelry, Arts and Crafts, Beadwork, Drums, and just about everything under the sun that is African. This business is one of the biggest in South Africa, supplying the world with African curios. But the pledge remains the same “Make sure the customer is happy” and hope they eventually become friends. The business is still run by the family today; Gerry Cambanos is only a phone call away if you require a piece of Africa in your home. We will spend approximately two hours at this amazing location. This stop will be in route to our Lesedi Cultural Village Experience and sleepover.
Lesedi Cultural Village Overnight.
Stay in a beautiful room in one of five cultural villages, which nestle in the African bush where the Pedi, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu, and Ndebele tribes are portrayed. Accommodation offers modern comfort with en-suite bathrooms. You will be presented with interesting facts of each tribal village during your stay.
NYAMA CHOMA RESTAURANT
An integral element of African culture is the way in which food forms part of the celebration of their eclectic mix of cultures. The restaurant with its authentic setting and vibrant decor offers an exotic buffet with meat delicacies ranging from ostrich, Chicken, Lamb, and Beef to unusual fare such as crocodile. The restaurant is divided into three sections, namely:
East Africa: featuring murals of the Maasai, the beautiful people of the East
South Africa: Murals of nine tribes of South Africa
North Africa, the Nile Room: Sit cross legged on floor cushions at low tables
Each of these venues offers its own unique dining experience, where you can absorb the variety of colours, sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the various African customs. All of which is complemented by the restaurant’s traditional and friendly service.
Daily Cultural Show
Guests are welcomed to the Ndebele village where a welcome by all the people of Lesedi, takes place. The program begins with a multi-visual presentation on the history and origins of today’s rainbow nation, followed by a guided tour of the five homesteads. Guests are escorted to the Boma for traditional singing and dancing – a very participative affair!
The Ingoma – An amazing multi-cultural dance show. As the sun sets over the African bush, you’re escorted to the Boma for a very interactive affair of traditional singing and dancing, which depict stories dating back to the days of their ancestors. Thrill to the amazing spectacle of Lesedi’s Giant Ngoma, a multi-cultural dance display that will teach you more about our fascinating traditions.
Mashatu Main Lodge Botswana
Mashatu is situated on the eastern fringes of the Kalahari Desert and water is its most precious resource. The sighting of the Mashatu camps in close proximity to water, and in thickets of vegetation, automatically locates the visitor into an enclave populated by birds and animals.
Mashatu Main Camp is an oasis among the undulating and seemingly endless plains of the wild. Burning torches at the camp’s entrance lure safari-goers home where they experience the embodiment of sublime hospitality.
For the client who is accustomed to luxury, this camp will meet every expectation. 14 luxury suites lie along the camp’s perimeter and are designed to allow absolute privacy and a communion with the bush and its inhabitants. Watch elephants splashing at the waterhole, listen to the lyrical melody of the woodlands kingfisher on a branch overhead, smell the grassy scent of the bushveld, and touch the bark of an ancient tree and inhale a breath of air so pure, it’s intoxicating.
Each of the air-conditioned suites at Mashatu Main Camp is tastefully decorated and includes impressive black and white prints of Africa’s most beautiful animals. A double bed and an extra-large single bed, together with a seating area that includes a single day bed, comfortably accommodates families with younger children. The ample en-suite bathroom with both bath and shower facilities and a separate W.C. complete the well-appointed suites.
This is the ideal camp for the family traveler. A large swimming pool is a focal point where visitors cool down and relax between game activities. The Discovery Room is the portal through which curious visitors get a glimpse of another world – one that existed long before the appearance of man. The animal specimens and relics will fascinate and educate visitors of all ages, as will the resident crocodiles – both great and small.
Drinking water – all water in the camp is filtered to the highest standards, and is guaranteed perfectly safe for consumption.
Game Drives – around the 29 000 ha (75 000 acres) Mashatu game reserve are conducted in an open four-wheel drive safari vehicles. The rangers are in constant radio contact with one another in order to keep informed about the location of the game. Headsets are used in order not to upset the sounds of the African bush. Besides elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena, more prolific game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and a variety of antelope, as well as the nocturnal animals like springhare, bat-eared fox, civet cat, genet cat, honey badger and mongoose, are prevalent throughout the reserve. Birdlife is prolific and Mashatu Game Reserve has recorded over 366 different species. The four-wheel drive safari vehicles allow rangers to leave the road ensuring that guests get to view game up close ensuring lasting memories and fabulous photographic records. Night drives, with the aid of powerful spotlights, allow visitors to experience Africa while the rest of the continent sleeps.
Health – Malaria is a low risk threat in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve region, and people entering the area should consult their doctors regarding anti-malarial prophylactics.
Meals are a sumptuous celebration of traditional African Cuisine – flavoursome, but lacking in ostentation. Fresh fruits, vegetables, home-made breads and pies, succulent meat dishes and delicious desserts will appeal to a guest who appreciates home cooking at its best.
Dress code is safari casual. Be sure to bring a sweater which may be needed at any time of year. During the winter months (May to September) very warm clothes, including a windbreaker or anorak, are essential.
Power supply – 220 V A.C. current is available 24 hours a day.
Rangers & Trackers – The guides and trackers are Tswana men from the region who have both a natural instinct as well as an intimate knowledge of the bush. These guides average 13 years on Mashatu and are ‘career guides’. They are thoroughly trained in all aspects of ecology and are therefore able to impart valuable information and priceless insight – adding richness to your safari experience.
Travel Documents – a valid passport is obligatory if travelling from outside Botswana with a re-entry visa for South Africa for some nationalities. Please be advised that Botswana Immigration no longer accepts temporary or emergency passports. There are no exceptions to this and you will be turned away at the border should you not be in possession of a valid passport. Please note that South Africa requires that with effect from 1 October 2014, all children under the age of 18 travelling to/from South Africa should be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate. Where only one parent is travelling, an affidavit for the child to travel is required from the remaining parent.
The following nationalities NEED a visa to enter Botswana:
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Central African Republic
DRS – Democratic Republic of Congo
São Tomé and Príncipe
United Arab Emirates
THE GIANTS OF MASHATU
Mashatu is home to no less than seven of Africa’s “giants” – the African elephant, the lion, giraffe, the baobab tree, the eland, ostrich and the kori bustard. It is therefore fitting that these giants have a massive habitat, and some 29 000 hectares (72 000 acres) of pristine game land have been set aside as a refuge for these creatures.
The African Elephant – Loxodonta africana
Africa’s largest mammals are by nature family orientated animals and may be found in herds of between 10 and 50, or more. The bulls usually have larger tusks than their female counterparts and a more rounded forehead to the cow’s angular one. The elephant’s tusks are in fact modified incisor teeth that are used as ‘weapons’ as well as an aid to procuring certain foodstuffs, like tree bark and roots for example. Another distinguishing characteristic of the elephant is its large ears which serve as a display function as well as to help to cool the animal down. The large number of blood capillaries in the ears cool down the blood as the ears are flapped. The elephant also has a long trunk which it uses to drink and to feed. There are over 55 000 muscles in an elephant’s trunk, making it an extremely sensitive, prehensile and dexterous aid to the elephants’ survival. An elephant’s trunk can hold up to 15 liters of water. It uses its trunk to locate food by touch and smell, as an elephant cannot see down its trunk. If an elephant loses the use of its trunk, in most instances it will die. At Mashatu there have been instances where elephants have survived with ‘stump trunks’ because these highly intelligent creatures will assist feed those in the herd with such disabilities.
The Lion – Panthera leo
The lion is Africa’s largest cat. Lions are nocturnal and therefore most active at night, when it is cooler. They are highly social animals and are found in small prides of up to twenty individuals. A pride consists of related females and their cubs and they reside in a home range or territory. The males are nomads and gain custody of a pride through competition with other males. The mane of the lion is used as protection and to give an impression of increased proportions. Sometimes male lions will form a coalition; two or more males will group together to defend a pride. Hunting is done communally, often using driving and ambushing techniques.
The Giraffe – Giraffa camelopardalis
Africa’s tallest mammals are gregarious animals with a keen sense of smell, hearing and sight. They move at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Both the male and female of the species have horns and their tongues can reach up to 45 cm in length. Giraffes have blotchy yellow and black or brown coats and each has a pattern unique to the individual.
Females and their young live in maternal herds, while males separate from their mothers in about their third year, initially joining a bachelor herd, before gradually becoming solitary as they mature.
The Baobab Tree – Adansonia digitata
Like the elephant in the animal kingdom, the massive baobab tree easily eclipses its fellow species in age and longevity. It can grow up to 25 meters tall, and is known to live for several thousand years. The baobab is leafless for up to nine months of the year; the leaves are about 12 cm long and have three to seven glossy leaflets. It produces 12 – 18 cm flowers with five white petals and numerous purplish stamens. There is a delightful Bushmen legend concerning the origin of the baobab – in the beginning seeds and plants were distributed by the gods to the animals of the world to cultivate. The baobab was issued to the hyena, which was the very last in the queue, and he was so upset that he planted the tree upside down!
The Eland – Taurotragus oryx
Africa’s largest antelope is a largely shy and peaceable animal although at Mashatu they are docile and very often viewed at close range. This excellent jumper stands almost 1.8 m tall and may weigh up to 910 kg. Its ox-like body is light brown with a few narrow white stripes running across the back and down the sides. It has a hump between the shoulders, a short, erect black mane and a long tail with a short, black tuft on the end.
Eland bulls have a strict hierarchy that determines their access to females in the herd. On the few occasions when they fight, they hardly every use their dangerous horns and hooves, preferring instead to prove their strength through neck-wrestling. Even these wrestles are a rarity; most eland conflicts are settled without violence through a series of ritual signals.
These signals include the knee-clicks which the bulls make with their front legs while walking. They sounds like castanets and can be heard hundreds of meters away. The clicks are a message to other males and their frequencies provide an honest and accurate measure of the individual’s size and fighting ability. The frequency of an eland’s knee-clicks reflects its size. The bigger the animal, the lower the frequency of its clicks and the deeper the resulting sound.
The clicks are made by the eland’s tendon. As it slips over a bone in the knee, I vibrates like a string, and like any string, the frequency of the sound wave it produces falls as its diameter and length increase. So as an eland grows and its tendon gets longer and wider, its knee-clicks deepen.
It is physically impossible for a small or weak male eland with weak tendons to produce the resonant clicks of prime specimens. Since eland territories rely on strength, and larger animals have an advantage over smaller ones, knee-clicks allow eland to accurately assess each other’s fighting prowess.
Other visual signals help. These include the greyness of the eland’s bodies, the darkness of the mask-like fur across their faces, the size of the brush-like knob of hair on their heads and the size of their dewlap – a flap of skin beneath their throats that can greatly increase the size of their silhouettes. The size of the dewlap increases with age. The darkness of the face mask, the size of the frontal brush and the greyness of the body varies from male to male. Those with extreme versions of one trait have extreme versions of all three. These traits most likely reflect the levels of testosterone and other male hormones circulating in their bodies, which could in turn convey their aggressiveness and temperament. So with a combination of colour, shape and sound, elands can tell one another about how strong, how experienced and how aggressive they are.
The Ostrich – Struthio camelus
Africa’s largest bird has superb plumes and a vicious kick and is found throughout Southern Africa – from the bushveld in the east, to the dunes on the Atlantic coast in the west. The ostrich runs with its wings outstretched and at great speed. The inner of the two toes on each foot is much larger and bears most of the bird’s weight. Both the male and female birds have scantily feathered heads, necks and thighs. The male is glossy black with beautiful long white plumes on the wings and tail, while the female is a dull grayish brown colour. Males are polygamous and usually have from two to six females in their flock.
Kori Bustard – Ardeotis kori
The kori bustard is Africa’s heaviest bird capable of flight and an adult male can weigh in the vicinity of 20 kg. Due to illegal hunting, the bird is a protected species and is seen either on its own or in pairs or groups in woodland, grassy plains and Kalahari scrub. The kori bustard walks slowly with measured strides and flies reluctantly although it is a remarkably strong flier. These birds take off with heavy wing beats, but once air-bourne, they fly fast and strongly. When in a group, the birds walk in a loose line across the veld searching for food. This bird is culturally very significant in Botswana and it is said that only the chiefs may eat them.
In a first for photography in Southern Africa, PhotoMashatu has an exclusive concession to provide dedicated photographic hides within Mashatu Game Reserve.
Guests can sit quietly and watch animals moving directly towards them, all the while taking pictures from unique angles, resulting in unique and exceptional quality photography. At an additional Fee.
What are photographic hides? Additional Fees apply
Photographic hides are structures built to maximise the photographic potential of the animal subjects that visit them. These hides can be used to view wildlife in the normal manner but have been positioned with consideration of the angle of the sun, the background and the angle the viewer occupies in relation to the animals and birds.
A professional wildlife photographer will accompany participants to the hides. They are on hand to tutor both aspiring and experienced photographers in camera techniques which will see a vast improvement in the quality of their images.
In a first for photography in Southern Africa, PhotoMashatu has an exclusive concession to provide dedicated photographic hides within Mashatu Game Reserve.
Guests can sit quietly and watch animals moving directly towards them, all the while taking pictures from unique angles, resulting in unique and exceptional quality photography
Note on Dates. We will have you back to the Airport by 630PM on the 29th. However you should stay overnight in Johannesburg on the 29th and have a fresh start for your flight home. Schudealing your flight on the 30th.
$5995.00 per person with Double Occupancy. $6995.00 Single occupancy,
11 nights 12 Days
Depart USA October 14th or 15th 2019
Arrive Johannesburg October 15th or 16th 2019
Emperors Palace October 15th and 16th 2019 additional cost
Shopping and Lesedi Cultural Center October 17th 2019
Safari Camp October 18-29 2019 Emperors Palace October 29th additional cost
Alcohol, Sodas, Bottled water / Laundry Services / Accommodations and food before and after Safari commencement / Air Transport to and from Africa / Air Transport between safari camps if there is more than one camp /Park Fees / Gifts and curios .
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